NEW YORK ATI
Allegheny Ludlum Corp. has halted production from one of the
furnaces at its Latrobe, Pa., facility following an explosion
No one was injured in
the blast, while the airmelt furnace involved is being tested
and is expected to be back online "in a matter of days," an ATI
spokesman told AMM.
While an investigation
is ongoing, the spokesman said it appears the explosion was
caused by moisture entering the furnace as it was being
The incident did not
cause any damage to the furnace itself, but did blow sheet
metal off the facilitys roof and wall, he added. The
facility was promptly evacuated.
facilitys vacuum-arc remelt (VAR) furnaces were not
affected by the incident and continue to operate. Shipments are
unlikely to be affected by the production halt, the spokesman
said. "Whatever heats they lost, theyll be able to catch
up," he added.
The Latrobe facility
produces many of Allegheny Ludlums and ATI Allvacs
specialty steel and nickel-based alloys, according to the